Astronauts aboard the International Space Station pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy

The real-life space travellers celebrated the actor's achievements

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Astronauts on the International Space State have paid tribute to the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who "popularised space travel for generations to come".

Terry W. Virts, a NASA astronaut currently on board the ISS, posted a picture of himself giving the actor’s iconic ‘Vulcan salute’ out of a window looking down towards planet earth.

Mr Nimoy played Vulcan alien Mr Spock in the original series of the popular science fiction series Star Trek. Known for his cool logic, Spock was an iconic character in the series, which inspired a young generation to turn their eyes towards the stars.

Other astronauts paid their respects. Sam Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut aboard the ISS, posted a picture of herself wearing a replica a Star Trek officer’s uniform  and giving the same salute.

“Thanks for bringing Spock to life for us,” she tweeted.

Another astronaut, Scott Kelly, tweeted: “RIP [Leonard Nimoy] who popularized space travel for generations to come so we may live long and prosper.”

Mr Nimoy died on Friday aged 83.